Coastal walks in Northern Ireland
From leisurely strolls to rugged hikes, this selection of the best coastal walks in Northern Ireland offer clifftop paths with spectacular sea views, sandy boardwalks through nature reserves and unexpected architecture on headland trails.
- Giant's Causeway Red Trail, County Antrim
- With many unique viewing points, this bracing clifftop trail has spectacular vistas of the world-famous Causeway Coast that are off the beaten track.See the Giant's Causeway from above
- Kearney Coastal walk, County Down
- This short coastal route takes in the rugged shoreline of the lower Ards Peninsula and the whitewashed cottages of the traditional fishing village of Kearney.Visit Kearney village
- Murlough Nature Reserve North Point trail, County Down
- Discover the beauty of Murlough with a walk through the dune heath National Nature Reserve, with the majestic Mourne Mountains as a backdrop.Walk the North Point trail
- Castle Ward boundary trail, County Down
- This varied route around the country estate includes a section that takes you along the shores of Strangford Lough.Walk the estate and loughside
- Mussenden Temple and Downhill Demesne
- Mussenden Temple is an iconic landmark, perched right on the cliff edge at Downhill Demesne. Take a walk along this rugged headland and discover one of the most photographed places in Ireland.Find out more
Find out more about the National Trust’s ongoing partnership with Cotswold Outdoor as our exclusive walking partner.
List of some of the Trust’s smaller and more secluded car parks in Northern Ireland.
Get safety tips for walking by the coast, including the essential clothing and equipment to take with you and what to do before you set out.
Explore the highest, most dramatic mountain range in Northern Ireland. Head out for a walk, enjoy views of the valleys, lakes & rivers & spot seasonal wildlife.
Discover a range of memorable and historic trails from around the UK, suitable for families, nature lovers, seasoned adventurers or relaxed ramblers.
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Explore the dramatic landscape of places like the UNESCO World Heritage Site at the Giant's Causeway or the sandy shores of Portstewart Strand on these walks in Northern Ireland.